By Alex Long and Paige Sheldrake
The holidays are a great time of year to bring friends and family together to have joyful times. What is there to do when the holidays are over? The temperature drops and the snow starts to fall. For some people, the answer is easy; stay warm inside. Glenelg High School student Matthew Hulett’s favorite Winter activity is, “Spending time indoors with my closest friends and family.” Ice skating is another exciting indoor activity for the cold winter months. It only costs nine dollars per person at the Columbia Ice Rink, and some days the rink features live music. The Gardens Ice House in Laurel costs even less at about seven dollars per person. Both places have snack bars and rental skates available. Other people however like to take advantage of the snow. One of Glenelg High School’s teachers, Mr. Hereth, enjoys snowboarding. Mr. Hereth frequently snowboards at Crested Butte in Gunnison County, Colorado. He also enjoys snowboarding locally at Whitetail Ski Resort in Mercersburg, PA. Mercersburg is only an hour and a half away from Glenelg and they offer skiing, snowboarding, and tubing. If you would prefer to watch a movie, The Senator Theatre, in Baltimore, offers the rare experience of going to see a movie in an old time theatre. Other theatres like Regal in Snowden and Hollywood Cinema in Arbutus have new reclining chairs to kick back and relax while enjoying a good movie with friends or family. If you are short on cash, the Smithsonian Museums in Washington DC are the perfect solution because admission is free. There are also great museums in Baltimore like the Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum. However, according to Rick Seaney, CEO of Fare Compare, “January (and part of February) is a dead zone, or off-peak period that begins once Christmas and New Year's flights have ceased.” (Seaney) This means that January through February is the perfect time to book your dream trip because that is when air fare is at it’s cheapest. Just because the holidays are over doesn't mean the fun has to end.